Weekly Market Insights: Markets Rally;
Earnings Better Than Expected
Open House Update
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Where are we at?
Last week we saw the Fed boost rates by 0.75%, and the market seemed grateful that it was only 75bps and not 1%. The market rebounded quite nicely to round out the month of July in typical bear market rally-style, with the NASDAQ, DOW, and S&P all having solid recoveries during the month. July seems to be a good month in a similar way that October seems to be a bad month for equities, but we are certainly not out of the woods yet.
The news broke Thursday that the US is in a Technical Recession,” adding to the discussion of whether we are or aren’t in a recession. The dividing line for analysts seems to be the number of jobs lost because of a recession. Since we still see an overwhelming amount of help wanted signs displayed, this line is difficult to adhere to as in the past.
We believe that if you make less than 150K, you are already in a full-blown recession in your household. This is likely due to spending 1.5 paychecks on gasoline and groceries and not having much left for your four credit cards, two car loans, mortgage, and 2.5 kids! Besides retirement, a recession and inflationary environment is a good time to be financially sound. We have worked hard with clients to get as many as we can to this place over the past 3-5 years. It feels good knowing that those we’ve helped to pay off debt and increase contributions to retirement accounts and savings accounts will navigate these uncertain times with success and less stress than they otherwise would have faced.
The Fed has a tough job on the horizon of trying to push forward with higher rates and appease the markets and economy. I hope they have the guts to take rates as high as necessary to squelch the inflationary wildfire the first time to avoid double-digit rate levels in the future. Last week was the first time I heard analysts openly embrace the word “stagflation” on tv, giving glimpses of what they think lies ahead, which wasn’t pretty. Still, we have been warning and preparing clients for this period for quite some time now, so not a big surprise here.
Wal-Mart sees evidence of the impact of inflation and recession on a portion of their demographic in the lower income class, and they are expecting it to get worse. In my opinion, if Wal-Mart is seeing potential problems, JP Morgan’s CEO is indicating a “tsunami” on the horizon, and the Fed confirms the current economic issues, it seems pretty narrow-minded to underestimate the market condition with the label “Technical Recession.” It is like when President Clinton said he experimented with Marijuana a time or two but didn’t inhale! Give me a break already!
Enjoy your last weeks of Summer before school begins!
General Market Commentary
Undaunted by another Fed rate hike and news of a contracting economy, the stock market rallied last week on better-than-expected corporate earnings.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 2.97%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 picked up 4.26%. The Nasdaq Composite index gained 4.70% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, rose 0.95%.1,2,3
Stocks Rally on Earnings
It was an inauspicious start to the week after a big-box retailer missed earnings and reduced forward guidance on Tuesday, sparking a broad market retreat.
But sentiment improved following mega-cap technology company earnings that proved better than expected. Enthusiasm gathered steam in the wake of the Fed’s 0.75% rate hike, boosted by Fed Chair Powell’s comments following Wednesday’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Powell indicated that it might become appropriate to slow the pace of future hikes, and he didn’t believe the economy had entered into recession. Stocks on Thursday shrugged off news of a second-consecutive quarter of negative economic growth to build on Wednesday’s gains as fresh earnings continued to comfort, if not impress, investors.4
The U.S. economy shrank at an annualized rate of 0.9% in the second quarter as consumers pulled back on spending and businesses worked to reduce inventories. It was the second-consecutive quarter of negative economic growth, meeting the technical definition of a recession. Unlike past recessions, hiring has been strong all year, with the unemployment rate near historic lows.5
The economic slowdown was attributable primarily to decreases in inventories, a deceleration in the housing market, and lower government spending. Consumer spending increased a tepid one percent, well below the inflation rate during the same period.6
This Week: Key Economic Data
Monday: Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index.
Tuesday: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
Wednesday: Automated Data Processing (ADP) Employment Report. Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services Index. Factory Orders.
Thursday: Jobless Claims.
Friday: Employment Situation.
Source: Econoday, July 29, 2022 The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.
This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Tuesday: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL), Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT), Prudential Financial, Inc. (PRU), Starbucks Corporation (SBUX), Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), Marriott International, Inc. (MAR).
Wednesday: CVS Health Corporation (CVS), Fortinet, Inc. (FTNT), PPL Corporation (PPL), Booking Holdings, Inc. (BKNG), Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (REGN).
Thursday: Block, Inc. (SQ), Twilio, Inc. (TWLO), Amgen, Inc. (AMGN), Eli Lilly and Company (LLY), ConocoPhillips (COP), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD), Albemarle Corporation (ALB), Kellogg Company (K).
Friday: Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (BRK.A).
Source: Zacks, July 29, 2022 Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.
"Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things."
– Steve Jobs
Don’t Forget to Take Advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
The work opportunity tax credit is a federal tax credit for business owners that have hired individuals from target groups that would have otherwise faced significant barriers when looking for a job. Some target groups include summer youth employees, those receiving Supplemental Security Income, or qualified long-term unemployment recipients. There are ten targeted groups in total.
The work opportunity tax credit equals 40% of up to $6,000 wages paid or incurred with a maximum credit of $2,400. The WOTC may consider up to $24,000 in wages for certain qualified veteran targeted groups. There are some restrictions on the IRS’ site.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific, individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov7
Stay Safe This Summer With These Open Water Safety Tips
Summer is the perfect time to spend at the beach, lake, or river. But unfortunately, these natural bodies of water can also be hazardous if you don’t know how to stay safe. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe in the water this summer:
- Only swim in the designated swimming area. Take note of flags and buoys that mark where you can and can’t swim.
- When in doubt, get out! If something doesn’t feel suitable, such as a current picking up, it’s better to err on the side of caution and get out.
- Know the conditions before you swim. The more you know about water levels, temperature, and current, the better.
- Never swim alone when in open water. Always swim with a buddy who can look out for you, and you can look out for them.
Tip adapted from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance8
A rain gauge collects rainfall each day of a wet week beginning on Monday. Every day, the amount of rain in the gauge doubles. At Sunday’s end, the rain gauge is completely filled. So on which day is it half-filled?
Last week’s riddle: I can't be seen, but I'm all around. I have no mouth, yet can make a sound. I can be harnessed, but never bound. No hands have I, yet I move the ground. What am I? Riddle answer: Wind.
Village of Hope, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Footnotes and Sources
1. The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2022
2. The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2022
4. The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2022
5. CNBC, July 28, 2022
6. CNBC, July 28, 2022
7. IRS.gov, May 5, 2022
8. NDPA.org, May 26, 2022
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